Tuesday, June 21, 2011

LulzSec hacker reportedly arrested by Scotland Yard

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The Lulz Boat is now bereft of its leader, according to some reports. Scotland Yard confirmed Tuesday that it has arrested a 19-year old man in Essex, U.K., in connection with a number of hacks and DDoS attacks against several organizations.

Some reports go so far as to state the the 19-year-old is the leader of LulzSec. These sorts of hacker groups are usually widespread and distributed, however. LulzSec is denying that rumor, Tweeting:
Seems the glorious leader of LulzSec got arrested, it's all over now... wait... we're all still here! Which poor bastard did they take down?
LulzSec has become quite brazen of late. The group seemingly appeared out of nowhere, but has hacked PBS, a website with ties to the FBI, Nintendo, the CIA, and more. It's even opened a telephone hotline through which followers can "request sites" be hacked. LulzSec boasted that on its first day of operation, the hotline had 5,000 missed calls and 2,500 voice mails. [Realistically, we'd assume a missed call was just from someone who wanted to check out the line, not to really use it.]

Strangely, LulzSec's targets have seen random, without an overarching theme as its rival, some would call parent, group Anonymous has. A "manifesto" posted by the group seemed to say its hacks were all for fun. However, it recently announced a new joint campaign with Anonymous, called "AntiSec," a cyberwar against corruption in big business and government.

Anonymous, however, has not acknowledged its role in the campaign, thus far.

Update: The arrested man has been named. He is one Ryan Cleary, 19. According to a LulzSec Tweet:
Ryan Cleary is not part of LulzSec; we house one of our many legitimate chatrooms on his IRC server, but that's it.

We use Ryan's server, we also use Efnet, 2600, Rizon and AnonOps IRC servers. That doesn't mean they're all part of our group.

Clearly the UK police are so desperate to catch us that they've gone and arrested someone who is, at best, mildly associated with us. Lame.

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